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West Side

Shambala, Cabañas and Dorms ($-$$), Restaurant $-$$

  • Far west end of beach
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Daily,

Ensconced on the hill above the far west end of the playa, this place just may have the best views in town, especially in the late afternoon as the sun, descending, casts an orange-yellow light upon the beach. Changing daily, the menu, in keeping with the New Age vibe of the place, serves up simple, healthy meals. Breakfast are usually eggs, fresh tropical fruits and jugos, french toast, and a healthy soup. The excellent coffee, brewed rich and dark, is served in healthy sized mugs, reason enough to visit. No alcoholic beverages are served.

San Cristóbal, Hotel ($$), Restaurant ($$-$$$)

  • West end of the Adoquín
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Daily

On the west side of town, the restaurant and hotel front the beach and the adoquín, the town center. Breakfasts are large, mostly Oaxaca classics, with some traveler favorites thrown in, such as hot cakes and french toast. For comida or dinner, the kitchen dishes up mostly coastal Oaxacan seafood favorites, such as octopus, shrimp, and whole or filleted red snapper (huachinango). along with a few traveler favorites, such as sandwiches and hamburgers. The coffee is passable. On the downside, the owners, because of their religious beliefs, do not serve beer or other alcoholic beverages. An exception is made, however, for wine -- go figure -- which is served by the glass only.

As for the hotel, it is a basic two-story, concrete structure. All the rooms have ceiling fans and bathrooms, although some do not come with showers. Communal showers are available, of course. There are no electrical sockets in the rooms and the wifi if spotty in the rooms. It is strong, however, in the restaurant. Except for the two weeks around Christmas and New Years, rooms for singles or doubles MX200-250, especially without showers. During Christmass, expect to pay between $350-500.

East Side

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